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10 things you need to know today Thursday 03/12/2020

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1. President Muhammadu Buhari will address the House of Representatives on insecurity in Nigeria.

The Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, who made the confirmation on Wednesday, after meeting with Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, added that a date had been agreed and will be made public soon.

2. The Federal Government of Nigeria has expressed confidence that COVID-19 would soon be a thing of the past in the country as two vaccines under trial have more than 90 per cent efficacy to end the disease.

Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, stated this on Tuesday during an event held in Abuja to commemorate the 2020 World AIDS Day with the theme, ‘Global Solidarity, Shared Responsibility.’

3. The Nigerian Senate on Wednesday adopted a motion sponsored by Senator Jibrin Barau representing Kano North Senatorial district for the reconstruction and dualisation of Kano – Danbatta – Kazaure – Daura – Niger border.

The motion which was co-sponsored by Senator Baba – Kaita Ahmad representing Katsina North maintained that the road from Kano State to Niger would be of economic importance to the country.

4. Bukola Saraki, former Senate President has claimed that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is the only hope Nigeria needs to survive and fully bounce back.

Saraki, who made the assertions at the inauguration of the PDP National Reconciliation Committee in Abuja, on Tuesday, insisted that PDP was the best platform to rebuild and unite Nigeria.

5. Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo has shot down reports of “reconciliation” with Aare Ona Kakanfo, Gani Adams.I n a statement by spokesman, Kehinde Akinyemi, Obasanjo said his visit to a Yoruba leader, Ayo Adebanjo, was not a reconciliatory one.

6. Public universities in Nigeria will resume soon after months of strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, who spoke at the inauguration of the reconstituted government team on renegotiation of the 2009 agreement with ASUU, noted that progress had been made in talks geared towards ensuring an end to recurring issues.

7. The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has described the warning by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 against Christmas Carols to curb a second wave of the virus as insensitive.

CAN said it was not right for the government to threaten a ban on Christmas carol without consulting the leadership of the church.

8. The All Progressives Congress, (APC), has made another ‘big catch’ in Yobe State as one of the renowned Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) chieftains, Alhaji Maigari Maikwano, shifted his loyalty to the ruling party.

The defection of Maikwano to the ruling party is coming few days to the commencement of the APC membership registration and revalidation exercise.

9. Kogi State legislators at the plenary on Wednesday passed a motion, urging governor Yahaya Bello to run for the office of the president or Vice president of Nigeria in 2023 because of “his track records”.

The motion calling for Bello to contest for president was sponsored by the lawmaker representing Olamabaro constituency in the state House of Assembly, Hon. Ujah Alewo Anthony, and was seconded by Hon. Milano Olushola Olumu, representing Ijumu constituency.

10. Some persons suspected to be the killers of a First-Class traditional ruler in Ondo State, the Olufon of Ifon, Oba Isreal Adeusi, the Olufon of Ifon, have been arrested.

The suspects whose identities were still being concealed due to ongoing investigations were arrested by a combined team of security operatives in the state.

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